Float­ing anti-party peo­ple

PLAN TAR­GETS ‘DIS­CERN­ING’ TYPES

Cockburn Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH - Bron­wyn Dono­van and Belinda Cipri­ano

BARGE Co man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Guy Mouritz has sup­ported calls to re­ject ap­provals for rowdy “party ves­sels” to op­er­ate on the Swan River, say­ing his pro­posal is for a world-first en­ter­tain­ment venue.

The South Perth Fore­shore Group has raised con­cerns about the com­pany’s pend­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to set up a 50m float­ing en­ter­tain­ment venue, ex­pected to op­er­ate from the Swan River, off El­iz­a­beth Quay and at times Port Coogee beach.

Mr Mouritz ac­knowl­edged the fear that some res­i­dents might have about any im­pact on their amenity but main­tained Barge Co’s pro­posal should be the least of their con­cerns.

“We have had is­sues our­selves with small ‘party’ ves­sels al­ready op­er­at­ing in the Swan River,” Mr Mour­tiz said.

“They are out there ev­ery week­end in sum­mer play­ing loud mu­sic, over-sup­ply­ing al­co­hol and of­ten en­cour­ag­ing lewd and in­de­cent be­hav­iour.

“For clar­ity, the Barge Co pro­posal will not be a small ‘party ves­sel’, rather a world­first en­ter­tain­ment venue.

“We will not be host­ing drunken ‘buck’s nights’ and strip shows like other ves­sels cur­rently do, nor will al­co­hol be the pri­mary fo­cus of our venue.

“Our vision is to cre­ate a well-man­aged, uniquely West Aus­tralian eco-tourism venue that is also avail­able for events that show­case our amaz­ing en­vi­ron­ment, while pro­vid­ing dis­cern­ing pa­trons with the in­cred­i­ble out­look that only a small sec­tion of our com­mu­nity can af­ford from their liv­ing rooms.”

City of Cock­burn plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices spokesman Daniel Arndt said the ap­proval granted by the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife to Barge Co. cov­ered only the in­stal­la­tion of moor­ings and the de­vel­op­ment of a barge event venue in Perth Wa­ter, Swan River.

He said Mr Mouritz’s sup­port­ing state­ment in­di­cated the barge would be mo­bile and there­fore would not be a per­ma­nent fea­ture on Perth Wa­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment the barge would also be an­chored off Coogee and Port beaches, as well as stored at a berthing in Fre­man­tle Har­bour when not in use and moored at Perth Wa­ter for about 196 days per year.

“The ap­pli­cant has not pro­vided any fur­ther de­tails on where or when they in­tend to an­chor the barge off Coogee or Port beaches, nor does the ap­proval cover ei­ther of those lo­ca­tions,” Mr Arndt said.

“It should be noted that such a pro­posal does not re­quire the City’s ap­proval, as it would be lo­cated off­shore of Coogee Beach and there­fore out­side of the City’s bound­aries.

“Any pro­posal would re­quire ap­proval from the De­part­ment of Trans­port and as such the De­part­ment would nor­mally re­fer the ap­pli­ca­tion to the City for com­ment.

“At this stage the ap­pli­cant has not ap­plied to the De­part­ment of Trans­port for ap­proval for a moor­ing at ei­ther Coogee Beach or Port Beach.”

Mr Arndt said the City would have to look care­fully at the pro­posal to de­ter­mine whether the im­pacts could be sat­is­fac­to­rily ad­dressed be­fore it could make any fur­ther com­ment.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son re­ceived the $7.3 mil­lion pro­posal from Barge Co., which he said would be con­sid­ered in due course.

Mr Mouritz said he hoped the venue would be op­er­a­tional by sum­mer 2018.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of Barge Co’s en­ter­tain­ment venue.

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